The new WA-08 is a highly college-educated, increasingly diverse district that has been consistently won by Democrats in recent cycles. It is currently D+1 and rated a Toss-up.
As the only woman doctor in Congress, Kim Scrier brings a critical voice to issues related to health care. And as a physician who has worked in a broken healthcare system, she understands what changes need to be made to make it work better for both patients and providers.
On the other hand, her opponent, Matt Larkin, is a MAGA extremist who has refused to accept the results of the 2020 election and repeatedly stated that he would vote for a national abortion ban.
Kim Schrier is the daughter of an elementary school teacher and an aerospace engineer and the product of public schools, with degrees in astrophysics and medicine. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager and knows firsthand what it means to worry about health insurance and rising costs.
Prior to being elected to Congress, she spent her career as a pediatrician listening to and helping solve problems with thousands of patients and their families across WA-08. Her son goes to a local public school, which Schrier and her husband strongly support with their time, energy, and advocacy. But the 2016 election compelled her to step up and run for Congress so that she might do more. She was first elected to Congress in 2018 and re-elected in 2020.
ON THE ISSUES
Rep Schrier believes that climate change is real and we need to take immediate action. Dramatic, destructive weather systems and forest fires have grabbed the attention of our nation and the world, while the impacts of climate change run exponentially deeper than that. From species extinction to oceanic ecosystems collapse, communities across America deserve to understand how their region’s forests, water resources, agricultural industries, and native species will be impacted. Rep Schrier has championed responsible and effective action to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change impacts. She has voted to refocus subsidies from oil and gas companies and toward clean energy to promote the transition to a 100% clean energy economy within our lifetime.
Rep Schrier knows that Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence than in any other developed nation and that guns are the third leading cause of death in American children. Rep. Schrier has called for universal, comprehensive background checks. She believes that guns should never be allowed in the hands of someone with a history of domestic violence, a violent criminal record, convicted stalkers, and those with severe mental illness, and she supports keeping military-style weapons out of the hands of individuals with criminal histories, people in crisis, and those under 21 years old.
As a doctor and a woman, Rep. Schrier trusts women to make their own personal decisions about health and family planning. She has always supported a woman’s right to choose and will oppose any effort that limits a women’s right to choose abortion or make any reproductive health decision.